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In the harsh, wintry woods of rural Quebec, Bruce (Academy Award (R)-nominee Thomas Haden Church), a down-on-his-luck snowplow operator, accidentally kills a man during a drunken night joyride. Stricken with panic, he hides the body and takes to the deep wilderness in hopes of outrunning both the authorities and his own conscience. But as both begin to close in, Bruce falls apart mentally and morally and mysteries unravel to reveal who he was before the accident, the truth behind his victim, and the circumstances that brought them together in a single moment. A darkly comic noir in the vein of… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Largely because of a pitch-perfect final line and a Haden Church performance that brings a dose of needed compassion, Whitewash manages to keep its footing."
‑ Tomas Hachard, NPR
"Thomas Haden Church bridges the credibility gap in snowed-in fugitive tale."
‑ John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter
"Whitewash will have you rooting for a man who did a very, very bad thing."
‑ Christian Toto, HollywoodInToto.com
"Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais' nuanced character study may run on many different cylinders, but all are tuned to the same end."
‑ Tom Meek, Paste Magazine
"Whitewash is a slight but suspenseful thriller from Canada that is ultimately worth watching due to Thomas Haden Church's gripping performance."
‑ Jordan Adler, We Got This Covered
"The viewer is left in a snowblind limbo that makes it awfully difficult to stay engaged."
‑ Jenni Miller, AV Club
"Whitewash is a small but sparkling gem on ice."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Globe and Mail
"In a tale of survival, in both the physical and criminal sense, Church lays out of an agenda that is both demanding of himself and philosophically sound."
‑ Clayton Davis, AwardsCircuit.com
"It's nowhere near as blackly funny as it wants to be, but Thomas Haden Church is strangely compelling as a man befuddled by the vagaries of fate."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"A specialized viewing experience for more adventurous audiences, but Whitewash is accomplished, darkly humorous, and features a focused turn from actor Thomas Haden Church, showing rare commitment here."
‑ Brian Orndorf, Blu-ray.com
"An airtight demonstration of the maxim that no good deed ever goes unpunished."
‑ David Fear, Time Out New York
"Despite Church's solid performance, Whitewash feels so leaden in its gravity, it borders on dull."
‑ Bruce Demara, Toronto Star
"A bemusing semi-thriller full of low-key quirkiness that's elevated by Church's personable performance."
‑ Eric D. Snider, About.com
"With blood on his hands rather than a glass of Pinot Noir, Church brilliantly plays the same kind of likeable loser he played in "Sideways". This is a brilliant deconstruction of the criminal on the lam genre and a must-see."
‑ Louis Proyect, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"[...] It's a pleasure to report that Church thoroughly dominates the Québécois quasi-thriller Whitewash, even though there isn't much of a movie surrounding his remarkably cagey, practically solo performance."
‑ Mike D'Angelo, The Dissolve
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